Giuseppe Rossi to have knee surgery

Updated: October 27, 2011, 3:43 PM ET
Associated Press

VILLARREAL, Spain -- New Jersey-born striker Giuseppe Rossi will have knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined for six months.

Rossi plays for Villarreal in the Spanish league and for the Italian national team. He hurt his right knee during Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Real Madrid. Villarreal says MRI scans Thursday showed he needs immediate surgery.

Villarreal has just one win in 12 games in all competitions this season and already is without Brazil striker Nilmar, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Rossi had three goals this season for Villarreal, which is in 18th place and in the relegation zone. The club is winless in the Champions League after three games.

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